About St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Joseph can trace its roots back to the pioneer settlement days of Edina. By 1837, Roman Catholics began to settle in Knox county.
In June of 1843, Fr. Thomas Cusack, who served the churches in New London, St. Paul, Indian Creek, Brush Creek, Hunnewell, and St. Patrick, made a visit to Edina to celebrate the first recorded Mass there.
As more Catholics arrived in the area, their pastoral needs grew as well. Through the donation of land and material by Peter Early, the first church was built in 1844. This church is often called the "log church." In 1857, having outgrown the "log church," a larger brick church was built.
The building of the present church began in 1872. Several notable additions to the church came in the following years. In 1885, a pipe organ that is said to have been produced for a centennial celebration of the United States was purchased and arrived in Edina on three train cars. At the time, this organ was said to be the largest pipe organ west of the Mississippi River. In 1890, the church steeple was completed, and three bells were added to it in 1900. More additions came in 1920, when seventeen more stained glass windows, the marble sanctuary floor, and communion rail, and the steeple clock were installed.